The networking equipment maker Juniper Networks has entered into an agreement to buy Aurrion Networks, a silicon photonic company, announces Juniper Founder and CTO Pradeep Sindhu in a blog post.
The reason for this acquisition is Aurrion’s invention of a technology that is capable to significantly lower the cost of optical networking. “Aurrion has invented breakthrough technology that combines the economies of scale pioneered by the silicon industry with the unique properties of light to carry information over long distances at significantly lower cost. The end result? Dramatically lower cost per bit-per-second for networking systems, higher capacities for networking interfaces, and greater flexibility in how bandwidth carried on light is processed inside the electronic portions of networking systems,” elucidated Sindhu in the blog post.
This is significant, Sindhu said, as the optoelectronics portion—the one that converts electricity to light and vice-versa—has not followed a decreased cost curve. With the explosive growth in data consumption, there is a hunger for greater bandwidth, the cost has to go down on optoelectronics portion as well, he said.
“We expect that Aurrion’s breakthrough technology will result in fundamental and permanent improvements in cost per bit-per-second, power per bit-per-second, bandwidth density, and flexibility of networking systems,” he added.
Juniper Networks targets to release new cost-effective networking products integrating this technology. The financial terms of the acquisition deal are not released.